San Diego Resident Wins National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 23, 2000 A long-time environmental leader from San
Diego was among those receiving awards from the national Sierra Club this year.
Camille Armstrong received the One Club Award, which was created by the Sierra Club in
1999 to recognize people who use outings as a way of protecting public lands and
instilling an interest in conservation. The award was presented at the Sierra Club Awards
Banquet in San Francisco Sept. 23.
Armstrong established the One Club outings/conservation program in San Diego in 1996
with the help of a $7,000 grant from the national Sierra Club. The program brings together
local outings leaders and conservation activists to lead conservation outings designed
simultaneously to explore, enjoy and protect local wild places. Armstrong compiled a
55-page Conservation Outings book showing 28 local places ideal for conservation outings.
The book includes maps, resources, and a description of each area and how it is
The San Diego program has since become a model for Sierra Club chapters across the
country. Armstrong currently serves on the Sierra Clubs national Outdoor Activities
Governance Committee, overseeing a program to assist other Sierra Club chapters who want
to start outings-conservation programs.
"The One Club program has the potential to shape the very fabric of the Sierra
Clubs outings and conservation programs for years to come," said David Simon,
chair of the Outdoor Activities Governance Committee.
Armstrong has previously received numerous awards for her work, including six from the
San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club. In 1998 she received an environmental protection
award from the San Diego Womens History Reclamation Project.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the countrys oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 600,000
members. For more information on the San Diego Chapter and its activities, visit its website at http://www.sierraclub.org/chapters/sandiego.